How do you react to failure?
We have all heard it before, “baseball is a game of failure”, but no one ever tells you how to cope and use those failures to get better.
It is true; you will fail in baseball, a lot. What distinguishes a successful baseball player from an unsuccessful one is how failure is dealt with. Some players throw, scream, yell, toss things, stomp their feet around, etc. You get the point. The successful players use those failures to learn.
How can you use failing to get better? You roll over a ground ball. Six-three, good ninety, you’re out. What happens now?
First of all, why did you roll over that ground ball? Was it mechanical or was it the pitchers sequence? What pitch did he throw in that count? Who was on base? What was the score? These are all tells from the pitcher and the opposing team. The point is your could’ve rolled that ball over for a number of reasons. The real question is, how are you going to prevent it from happening again?
Someone once told me to “fail better.” Huh? Think about it deeper though. If you fail a little better every time you will continually improve. Keep failing, keep improving, and little by little you will keep progressing.
Use failure, embrace it, hug it, because if you learn something every time you struggle in this sport you will keep improving and keep learning. Baseball isn’t a sport where you can cherry pick the things you love about it. You need to respect it in its entirety. Every part of the game is important and plays on one another. Failure is part of baseball, so you should not just accept it, you should love it.
Three ways to fail better….
- Every lesson is disguised as a problem.
The bigger the problem the greater the lesson.
Look at problems as opportunities to grow and learn not as immutable road blocks.
- Keep going
The people who make it are the people that keep going. Be persistent, be successful. Easier said than done. Don’t give up.
- Growth mind set
Know that every setback is an opportunity and not permanent. It’s an opportunity to prove yourself, to learn, to develop, to hone your skills. Remember what optimists say, taking a step backwards after taking one forwards isn’t always a disaster, it’s the Cha-Cha.
Written by: Josh Band
Owner, Plate Crate